Adults should review their wills every five years due to changes in life's situations.
Adults should review their wills every five years due to changes in life's situations.

Life Series V: Wills Need to be Revisited as Life Changes

Throughout their 20 years of marriage, Harry and Sally spent much of their time taking care of each other and then their three children as they arrived. But during the last two years, they also had to devote energy to caring for Harry’s father who eventually died from Alzheimer’s disease, and then administering the estate he left to the family.

Harry’s father hadn’t touched his will in 10 years -- even after Harry’s mother died -- so much of the document was outdated. Simple changes such as the addition of Harry and Sally’s third child weren’t made in the will, along with adjustments to the situation with Harry’s sister, who had gone through a divorce.

The Court may take into consideration the preference of a minor child when it comes to which parent gets physical custody in a divorce proceeding.
The Court may take into consideration the preference of a minor child when it comes to which parent gets physical custody in a divorce proceeding.

Can a Younger Child Decide Which Parent to Live With?

Young Sarah was distressed that her parents were getting a divorce, and she did everything she could to try to bring them back together, including being on her best behavior – listening to her parents, not fighting with her brother, cleaning her room and doing her chores without being asked.

It soon became clear, however, that the divorce would happen. Sarah thought she would have to make a terribly difficult decision – deciding which parent her and her brother would live with. Since her younger brother was too young to be involved in that decision, she felt the pressure of speaking for both of them.

Toburen Law helps with changes to child support payments that deviate from the Michigan Child Support Formula.
Under Michigan law, the court must approve any changes to child support payments that deviate from the Michigan Child Support Formula.

Can We Set Different Child Support Payments from What the Court Recommends?

High school seniors Bob and Jamie dated for a few months and broke up, only to find out weeks later that Jamie was pregnant with Bob’s child. Over their parents’ objections, they tried to smooth over their differences by getting married soon after graduation. After two years of marriage, the couple divorced when it became clear they weren’t compatible in the long run.

While Bob and Jamie fought over a number of issues while they were married, the divorce was amicable as both loved their daughter. Jamie knew Bob would try hard to help care for their child, but she also knew he was struggling to make ends meet with his new job. Jamie decided she could accept reduced child support payments to help Bob get established. She also knew that Bob’s child support payments could be increased later as his financial situation improved.

Parents who are traveling without their children should leave signed Medical Treatment Consent forms with caregivers.

Life Series Part IV: Medical Treatment Consent Forms to Cover Kids While You Are Away

As they approached their 15th wedding anniversary, Harry sprung a surprise on his wife Sally -- a 2-week whirlwind vacation in Europe for two in July, without their three children who attend grade school and are no longer in need of constant care.

Harry had already asked Sally’s retired parents if they could take care of Claire, Ethan, and special needs child Chloe. The grandparents responded that they were all too happy to have their grandchildren to themselves for two weeks.

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